My word and theme for 2015…fitspiration!

My word and theme for 2015… After deliberate thinking and lots of reading some of the ladies of blogging I love, (like her and her and her) I have decided to make up a word to accommodate my wish list for my perfect word for the year.

Fitspiration!

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So what does fitspiration mean? Inspired to be fit, physically, mentally, spiritually and financially! Inspired by my family to be healthy, inspired by my music to find the look I see for myself and lastly, I want fitness for my body and my brain. I want to wake up everyday and feel good about myself, on the outside and on the in.

From sleeping better, to eating better, to walking and dancing and more! I want to really and truly know what it’s like to be thin and fit and feel amazing. I have almost been there…once. Foolishly, I let that opportunity slip by. But, now I am ready to take up the challenge again! This has been a fantastic year, filled with change and growth. I have been with my music coach (and sometimes, it seems life coach!) for just over a year and the progress I have made is so exciting! I have been out of my wacky singing waitress gig for just over 6 months now and while the transition to full time Mompreneur and working from home has been all I hoped, (the Little Man’s grades are awesome and snuggle time has greatly increased!) it is still a challenge financially.

I want to be at the top of my game. Emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually, artistically and financially. The only way to make that happen is to use the fitspiration around me! God, my husband, my child, my family and friends, my music, my business! These are my fitspirations!

More juice, less junk! More walking, less sitting! More praying, less worrying! More practicing, less time wasting! More believing, less doubting. MORE LOVING! This is our family Christmas selfie…talk about fitspiration!

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So, I welcome you, 2015. I’d love to inspire and empower you, my friends, to find your word for the year and share with me how you are going to improve your life and make this your fabulous break out year!

I’ll be posting one last time for my end of year post, please be sure to check back or even better sign up for notifications!

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Wordless Wednesday…almost…


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the reason I am thankful…thank You, God for this most precious gift…

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Get out of your comfort zone! Let’s do it!

Get out of your comfort zone! Let’s do it! Hey listen, I know! It’s tough to get out of your comfort zone. But that is what we must do in order to grow. And, if you want to grow in ways you never thought you could, I am here to tell you that it’s all about that damn comfort zone. If you WANT something you have never had before, then it’s gonna take DOING something you’ve never done before.

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I was thinking about this very subject this morning. Before school, in the freezing cold (ok, well freezing cold for Las Vegas!) the Little Man and I left a few minutes early and went pine cone hunting for a project at school. I drove over to a section of our neighborhood with lots of pine trees and we climbed up the side of a small hill and searched for pine cones. There we were, sliding down the hill in the dirt, picking up pine cones and then screaming and throwing them down if there was a bug on it, laughing so hard…well you get the picture.

When we got back in the car, my son say’s “that was the craziest most fun thing we’ve ever done, Mommy! awesome!! can we do it again, tomorrow?” My heart was so full, it was about to burst! For me, being a Mommy means being out of my comfort zone all the time. Climbing hills, learning Minecraft (his current passion!) going to Jiu Jitsu. Come on, what the heck do I know about Jiu Jitsu?? I watch the teacher to see how I can help and then I find myself rolling around the living room demonstrating some move. Why?? Why would I do all this?? Because I would do anything for my kid. I’ll help him in anyway I can to learn and grow. Even if it means being out of my comfort zone.

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That’s when it hit me. DUH!!! Apply that to yourself, girl! Get yourself the hell out of your comfort zone and get in the game in ways you’ve never dreamed of!  So I made a list of things I HATE to do and things I don’t know how to do and wish I did. Things that take me out of my comfort zone. Things that just may improve my body and my voice and my playing and my performing and my LIFE and take them to levels I’ve only dreamed of.  What would that be like? I intend to find out. What about you?

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Wordless Wednesday…

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Networking…how do you do it? I’d love to hear!

Networking…how do you do it?

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How exactly do you get out there and network? Do you figure out where people are headed? Do you find the one person you want to chat up and make sure you go to their gig or hang? Facebook groups? Emails, cold calls???

I had an unexpected and great conversation with one of my favorite people. What became abundantly clear is that I need to get out there and network. In the flesh, face to face. Listen, talk, share and be seen. Finished, end of story. Sigh… Just do it as the saying goes.

I never really thought of it, to tell you the truth. I mean, I see people when I’m performing, I talk about my work on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram. Isn’t that enough? No, it is not. Especially after hearing what my friend had to say. People want to see your face and hear you say it and even better, see you do it! Live and in person! Oh.

So, on that note ♪♫☼♫♪ (I just couldn’t resist) I’ll see you out there!

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Worlds colliding…and I love it!

World’s colliding and I love it! Today was one of those days that I truly love. Got up early on this super cold (for Vegas anyway!) and made a nice hot breakfast for the Little Man and then got him off to school. Then I did a little housecleaning, got ready, gathered my music and off to Summerlin I drove for rehearsal with Dangerous Curves. We are the hosts of this week’s Suncoast Variety Show on Thursday! It’s a fun afternoon show featuring the local talent of Vegas. We love performing at the beautiful SunCoast!

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Then I raced through Fresh and Easy, picked up some snacks and groceries, set up the homework station and prepped dinner. Tonight it’s my turn to host a few kids for homework and my Mommy friend is taking an online class so I have a full liter tonight! LOL! And, you know what…I love it! Best job ever…(✿◠‿◠)❀ ♫❤

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Book my band for your corporate events! Christmas and private parties, too!

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Book my band for your corporate events and Christmas and private parties, too! Here is my agent and client friendly page to hear my voice, see some pics and read some reviews! I am a singing pianist and I have a full band available. I sing with some of the best people in town and what we bring to your event musically is class, professionalism, years of experience and love of what we do.

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I’m a singing pianist with a full band available! Check out my agent friendly page here – Find your favorite Las Vegas Chicksinger in all these places! Like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter and Instagram and at Pinterest, read more from your Chicksinger and my pursuit of love, happiness and music.

Scheduling and money…how do YOU do it? A keeping’ it real, post.

Scheduling and money…how do YOU do it?  This is a keeping’ it real post. Sharing my soul with you. The last 2 weeks my schedule was and is really tough. If not for the help of my husband, my MIL and my friend and neighbor, something would have had to give. Either my Little Man missing out on his Jiu Jitsu class or party, or me having to give up a gig. Neither of which is good.

I have been completely a self-employed Mommy since the middle of May when my gig of 14 years ended. Don’t get me wrong! I was COMPLETELY ready for the change and was planning my own exit. They merely hurried it along by closing the venue. To be able to schedule my life to contribute to our bottom line so it’s not all on my hubby and accommodate my son and be the Mom who is at home a lot and do homework and volunteer in class and PTA is a dream come true! I’ve just got to continue to get better at things. To be more efficient at scheduling, organizing and…asking for money.

There, I’ve said and I still hate it! Why is it so hard to talk about money with prospective clients??? With my voice and piano lessons it is a bit easier as I have an amount that is set by the company I represent. I used to make lots of deals, and give lots of discounts on my teaching. I still do it for very close friends. But, for new people, I don’t any more. I realized that 2 things happen. The people who had the best deal, cancelled the most! WHAT?! That fact really blew me away. The other thing that happened is that I felt resentful towards them. That is completely no bueno. I am teaching the very thing that is my passion and my love and my artistry and I feel crappy about it?!?! Ugh. No more.

Here’s the funny thing that happened… I am busier than ever with lessons! And, I LOVE my students so much! I have kids who are so talented my heart is bursting for them. My pros are so brave and so courageous and I am honored that they trust me with their talent. It’s a fabulous feeling.

Next up is my live performance work. OY. That is a whole other can of worms. The first and last problem I have is that I don’t have a good video. DUH. I mean really come on, Karen. It’s amazing that I have been so fortunate to have some great work from just audio and pics. Plus, once I get someone on the phone, they do understand I am the real deal and will give them a fantastic music experience. However, this is the age of YouTube and I need to get over my fear of how I look and sound on video and just do-my-thang. Place real and actual value on myself and what I do. If I don’t do that, I can’t possibly expect a client to want to spend their hard earned money on me. No one else can do what I do. Yes, lots of people DO what I do. But, not the way I do it. That’s what I have to remember and share. Video is coming and I’ll share it here with you!

How do you deal with placing value on yourself and/or your product? I’d love to hear from you!

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Coffee, tea and chicksingers!

Coffee, tea and chicksingers! LOVE it! I had the most awesome coffee date with a girl who started out as one of my cyber-friends on YouTube and has turned into my real life friend! I LOVE that!!

Shelly Bort is a singer/songwriter of the most amazing sort. Her voice is positively dream-ey and she plays piano AND she writes gorgeous songs. O.M.G. And, we’re friends. I feel fancy. Just saying’…

Here she is with ANOTHER of my fave chicksingers, Katie Thompson…seriously get a load of these girls…

Her most recent work is called “Makes Sense” and you can find it here.  And, I highly recommend you check out her youtube channel. Make sure you have lots of time ‘cuz you are gonna wanna hear everything! lol!

Here we are with the Vegas sun shining in our faces doing our selfie thing:

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Such a fun time talking music and love and all things chicksingers. We talked Sondheim to Sara Barielles to Linda Eder to Patti Lupone. We talked about kids and dogs and playing piano. She is my sister from another mister, fer shure. See you soon, my friend!

 

I’m a singing pianist with a full band available! Check out my agent friendly page here – Find your favorite Las Vegas Chicksinger in all these places! Like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter and Instagram and at Pinterest, read more from your Chicksinger and my pursuit of love, happiness and music.

Wordless Wednesday…

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I’m a singing pianist with a full band available! Check out my agent friendly page here – Find your favorite Las Vegas Chicksinger in all these places! Like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter and Instagram and at Pinterest, read more from your Chicksinger and my pursuit of love, happiness and music.

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